The year is slipping away! Halloween is over and Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and sneaking up on us. I didn't pull out the Halloween decorations this year. Not sure why since it is my favorite holiday plus our anniversary. Maybe because it was in the middle of the week and every weekend prior too was busy, busy, busy!
My sister and I attended our monthly card class yesterday and I heard her say that she hasn't spent the time in her craft room this year like she normally does. Its true...neither of us has. I have collected a lot of items (and pins on Pinterest) with the thought of projects but a lot of them are still sitting in bags in my craft room...UGH! When I am there I am focused on cards made specifically for someone or making them as a special request which makes me feel so good about the time I do spend on them. I know that the requester loves them and is sending them with love. But the space is becoming limited and I might need to spend some time weeding out so that I can focus on creating and hopefully having my ducks in a row for a craft show in October next year. I have a few things on hand but not enough to commit to a booth and I need to refresh for my own piece of mind. This will only be my second craft show and the first one didn't go so well but I learned what sells and I have to realistic about pricing and inventory.
I'm learning that people like my elaborate cards so I plan to have them available. I didn't have any cards last time but my sister did and she sold almost all of them! I hope to have photos up as I go along and will continue to blog about my progress. At least it will give me some motivation knowing I need to track my progress.
My sister and I stopped into a cute little store in Longmont yesterday and I was inspired by a few things I saw there and want to try my hand. I found few Christmas gifts there so it was a good place to inspire in more ways then one!
So, I wanted to post a photo of the card I created for my husband for our 16th anniversary. He loves my cards and I think that this one is the best one yet. The one he gave me was wonderful. He may not make them like I do but he puts a lot of thought into the ones he does buy and always has writes the sweetest things inside them. I keep them. I'm not sure he knows that! So, here are a few pictures of it.
The papers are G45 and the frame on the front is a Jolee's product. Wish I could find more of them but I couldn't. I didn't realize it was actually a photo frame and it does make the card heavy but it had dimensional dots on the back so I just changed out the photo once I figured out that I could and added a few more to secure it. The doilies are cut out with a Stampin Up die and there is a jeweled skull on the upper left side of the middle of the card but it became mostly covered up. I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest and followed the link to this blog: http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/combined-challenge-139-anything-goes.html where she had a challenge for this type of card. And here is a link to a tutorial on how to create a center step card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/centerstepcard/. I've also seen sidestep and center step tutorials on YouTube. Maybe one of these days I'll do a video but that is a long way down the road.
This is a center cut step card. I have favored the side step cards but this card and one I made for my son needed the room for the bigger embellishments or to accommodate a larger stamped item. Now that I've done both it's difficult for me to do a flat card!
Since this was so front heavy I had to figure out a way to get it to stand up. I suddenly remembered that I had seen another card where it had been punched through all the layers and a ribbon run through and knotted in the front and back. I gave it a try and it worked! I finished off the back and added a tag more to give it some weight than anything. It's a good thing I didn't have to mail this card!
The photo in the center is of the two of us at a Halloween party a "few" years ago and it's one I didn't have but it has been sitting on my sister's desk. Isn't it perfect for this? I loved the result and my husband loved the card!